NASHVILLE -- In her first public comments since being named the controlling owner of the Tennessee Titans, Amy Adams Strunk said the franchise "is not for sale" and explained that she wanted to wait until new hires were in place before speaking to fans and media.
"It's time for the fans to get to know me a little bit," Strunk said. "I felt like maybe I shouldn't make an appearance until I had a plan and felt like we were turning around and could give you honest answers to the questions."
Taking only general questions from Titans radio play-by-play broadcaster Mike Keith, Strunk spoke for less than five minutes in front of a gathering of approximately 3,000 fans Thursday as part of the Titans' season-ticket member luncheon. Strunk is the daughter of the late Bud Adams, who was the owner of the Houston Oilers/Titans franchise until he died in October 2012.
Named the controlling owner in March 2015, Strunk, who lives in Waller, Texas, is one of five members of the Adams' family who owns a stake in the team. Since March, however, Strunk's only public address before Thursday was a video on the team's website discussing the hires of general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey in January.
Strunk did not attend the NFL owners meetings in January. Instead, she was represented in Houston by president and CEO Steve Underwood.
"All ownership is committed," Strunk said. "The first big step I made in making a coaching change shows the commitment. That was some serious money to move Ken [Whisenhunt] away. We're going to continue to commit to what makes us a winning team."
Despite her conspicuous absence, Keith described her as the "mastermind" of putting together the Titans' new front office.
"These men are my choices," Strunk said.
Some season-ticket owners were receptive to Strunk explaining her reluctance to be an out-front owner.
"It was good for her to come out and meet everybody and explain why she was so silent," said Scott Trotter, a season-ticket holder for 11 years. "There was some rationale to that. It's good that they have a game plan going, and we'll see what the future brings."
Others weren't particularly concerned about ownership being selective in speaking publicly but were nonetheless pleased Strunk pledged not to sell the team.
"It never bothered me," said Jean Stephens, a season-ticket holder since the franchise moved to Nashville in 1998. "We knew she was the owner, and we kind of thought they were going to sell the team. It was nice to see her excited, up front, making the changes."
Strunk made no promises to be more visible in her ownership of the Titans but pledged to be "honest and direct" in public appearances, a claim she said she couldn't deliver during the season.
"I hesitated to come out earlier in the year because I didn't want to make promises that I couldn't keep in the moment," Strunk said. "When I do come out and say things I really believe in my heart they're going to happen."